Research Matters

By Research Matters | Recent & latest research based news stories & highlights in science, engineering, technology & humanities in India.

Mind-altering microbes that play with Mice

Not every cat and mouse game ends with Jerry the mouse winning. And while it is true that a mouse will do everything it can to avoid being eaten by a …

Biology

Scientists discover biomarkers that could help change diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one third of the world’s population is infected with Tuberculosis (TB) . India accounts …

Medicine

The brain’s silent memory archives

How do we remember what we had for dinner last night, or our graduation ceremony? Are these memories physically stored in our brains? When we reach …

Neuroscience

Himalayan origins of the mystic river Saraswati

The monotonous expanse of the Great Rann of Kachchh in the Thar Desert is filled with seasonal salt marshes interspersed with vast mudflats that are …

Geology

Scientists develop an automated device to track red and white blood cells

Red blood cells (RBC) are the primary carriers of oxygen in all the vertebrates They pick up oxygen from the lungs, flow through the circulatory …

White Blood Cells

What will it take to implement the Paris Agreement? Scientists lead the way.

The warming climate has made the world panic. Although some countries are still skeptical, most scientists agree about the inevitable rise in the …

Climate

A better algorithm to land safely on the moon

In 1959, Luna 1, a Soviet Union mission to the moon, successfully landed on the surface of the moon, kickstarting the space race between America and …

Moon

How many pollutants do ‘you’ take in? Profiling personal exposure a key in tackling effects of pollution, says study

The World Health Organization’s 2016 Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution Database lists 4 Indian cities among the top 10 with highest concentrations …

Pollution

Your red wine can help fight cancer, and here is more proof

Cancer has been the elusive mysterious disease that shows its ugly head at the most unexpected time and manner. Scientists across the globe are …

Cancer

Interrupting genes to kill -- RNA interference could be an effective weapon against mosquitoes, says study

When Confucius said, “don’t use a cannon to kill a mosquito”, little did he know how irksome these insects turn to be! In fact, we have almost lost …

Biology

Scientists present mathematical explanation for results of voting

The process of voting is the cornerstone of any democratic process. Be it selecting the leader of a nation or just deciding the laws that govern a …

Elections

Understanding Todas on the International Day of World's Indigenous People

The warped mountains of the Nilgiris enshrined within its folds, a myriad of secrets and stories. Orchids and other epiphytes grew on vacant …

Ecology

Crowd support to enhance smart mobility

The Smart Cities Mission of the Indian government aims to develop at least 100 cities around the country in to smart cities. Internet of Things and …

Internet of Things

Cells may be using protons to detect leaks, says study

Cells are the structural and functional unit of life – that’s middle school biology, learnt and forgotten. For many, however, cells continue to be a …

Biology

Removing Oxides of Nitrogen from biodiesel engine exhaust.

The fossil fuel crisis arising due to our increased use of oil leading to diminishing oil reserves, is giving rise to an increase in renewable energy …

Energy

Throwing a smart bait – study explores how Lantana camara might hog the attention of birds

Seed dispersal is a vital process, whether we consider a rainforest or a semi-arid scrubland. The way plants are arranged in a community, as well as …

Ecology

Acid Rain

Acid rain is quite a popular term these days. Environmental scientists describe it as an adverse effect of increasing pollution due to recent human …

Climate Change

Study at IISc Expedites Search for Novel Materials

Topological insulators are a class of fascinating materials that have a unique property -when current is passed through them, the interior of the …

Quantum Mechanics

A herbal remedy for Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is an infectious disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The virus spreads through blood-to-blood contact, and is usually …

Medicine

New Geckoella species described from India

India now has three new species of bent-toed geckos, or Cyrtodactylus (Geckoella), from the Mysore Plateau and human-modified landscapes of …

Biological Species

Understanding Rainfall Extremes in Urban India

Rainfall extremes have had devastating effects in the country, including floods in Gujarat and landslides in Darjeeling, both of which claimed many …

Climate Change

Scientists propose a new model to understand coacervation

Coacervation is a phenomenon where in two liquids that are mixed together, driven by the difference in the electrostatic charge of the different …

Physics

Scientists discover natural remedies to fight prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer in men, and the sixth leading cause of cancer deaths in developed countries. Characterized …

Cancer

From bits to boluses: How do termites build strong mounds?

It is hardly news that nature has created some of the world’s best architects and builders. We marvel at the bees efficiently using space with the …

Nature

A voyage to Pluto with New Horizons

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths” – said Walt …

Space Exploration

Using data from GRACE, scientists study terrestrial water storage in India

The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), a joint mission of NASA and German Aerospace Center, was launched in 2002 and has been making a …

Aerospace

Tracing tiger’s pugmarks

“Tiger, tiger, burning bright<br>In the forests of the night,<br>What immortal hand or eye<br>Could frame thy fearful symmetry?<br>…”<br>--wrote William Blake, an 18th …

Wildlife

Researchers from IIT Mumbai develop a technique to predict the fury of the rains

It is like asphyxia when you suddenly find yourself drowning. This is what happened to Mumbaikars on 26th July 2005. Mumbai, the city that neither …

Climate Change

A new technique may reduce the cost of production of biofuels

Biofuels are fuels produced through biological processes, like those derived from plant and microbes. Unlike the fossil fuels which are formed by …

Energy